A PC becomes slow is one of the most frustrating sensations that we can face in our day to day. In fact, we assume that if you are reading this article it is for that very reason and that you have decided to make the leap to ultra-fast hard drives known as SSDs. And you’re on the right track, compared to a traditional hard drive (HDD), the SSD format offers greater responsiveness. So, without further delay, we are going to explain how to install second SSD.
◆ How to install second SSD ?
Requirements to instal second SSD
- Compare the size of the SSD to the size of your computer’s internal bay:
Almost all PC cases have internal bays for adding extra hard drives, usually around 3.5 inches wide. However, SSD hard drives tend to be 2.5 inches wide, so you’ll likely need a mounting bracket to fit one in your computer. This is not always the case, you may be lucky and your box already has special bays for this type of storage unit, but it is always better to make sure before connecting all the cables.
- Make sure you have the necessary cables to carry out the installation, these are a Sata Power and a Sata Data:
The first of these cables (the Sata Power, image 1 starting from the left) is in charge of transmitting the energy from the power supply to the hard disk and the second (the Sata Data, image 2 starting from the left) will be in charge of transmitting the data. These two cables can be found separately or together (Sata Power + Data, image 3 starting from the left) so don’t be scared if you see that you only have one cable.
- Turn off your computer and unplug it from the power supply:
This may seem obvious, but it’s easily forgotten when you’re excited about your new hard drive. With this you will save possible electrical shocks both for you and for the rest of the components.
- Be careful with the clothes you wear:
It is best to roll up your sleeves as much as possible, avoid wearing any kind of bracelets, rings or loose sleeves. When installing an SSD in the computer, these can cause us more problems than we imagine.
- Be organized and have everything ready before you start:
This will help make the process of installing the SSD much more smooth. There is no greater joy (or fear) than opening a computer case and seeing all the cables and hardware neatly in place. Plan ahead for how to install the SSD and its accompanying cables. Then, have all your tools handy and get to work.
Steps to install second SSD:
Step 1: Open the sides of the computer
Support the computer tower on a flat surface, then with the help of a screwdriver or just your fingers if you can, unscrew and remove the side panels of the tower . Be careful as some have clasps that hold the sides in place and must be pushed open.
Step 2: Locate an empty SATA port on the motherboard
SATA ports are small “L” shaped sockets, they are easy to identify and usually come in pairs of 2 to 4. Once you have located one of these empty ports (with nothing plugged in), make sure you have free access to it. subsequently connect the cables.
Step 3: Connect the SATA port with the SSD through the SATA Data cable
Take the cable or end of the SATA Data and plug one of its ends into the SATA port you identified in the previous step. Don’t be afraid if you have to press down a bit, but don’t ever force or rock it as you insert it. Once you have it ready, connect the other end to your SSD hard drive, in the smaller of the two ports it has.
Step 4: Locate a free Molex input that will come out of the power supply
The next step is to connect the SSD hard drive to the power supply, and for this we have to identify a power outlet (Molex) from those that come out of the computer’s power supply. It will be really simple, since they are much larger, they have four spikes and their shape fits perfectly with the thicker connector of the SATA Power cable.
Step 5: Connect the SATA Power cable to the SSD
Take the cable or the molex connector end of the SATA Power and connect it to the Molex input you identified in the previous step. You will have to tighten it well and as we did in the previous step, do it with confidence and without forcing both connectors to the sides . Once you have it ready, you will only have to connect the other end of the SATA POWER cable (the one with a very long “L” shape) to its corresponding port on the SSD hard drive.
Step 6: Put the SSD in the bay
If you have come this far you will already have all the cables of the SSD hard drive correctly connected. The only thing left for us is to put it in a suitable place inside the computer. Depending on the box you have, the space for the hard drives will be at the top or bottom of the box , but usually always in the front area (where the air enters).
Now the problem that you may encounter is that the hole is larger than the SSD hard drive, so you will need a bay to fix it and make it stable. Although for your peace of mind, most of the moderately modern boxes foresee the installation of these disks and already have pre-installed bays or special holes to screw them.
Step 7: Close the side of the computer
Congratulations, you now know how to install a second SSD in your computer. The last step will be to reconnect the side panels of the computer and connect all the power outlets. Once you turn it on in the “This Computer” section you will see an additional Local Disk (the SSD).
Well, with all these steps, you would already know how to install an SSD in your computer. Now all the programs you install on that drive will work more smoothly than they did on the traditional hard drive. Although if you really want to make literally your entire computer run faster, you should consider reinstalling all of Windows on the new hard drive.
I’m sourav, from Kolkata. A tech lover and love to answer any tech-related queries. I just try answering all questions like my problem.